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Coordinate clause

The term coordinate clause refers to one of two or more clauses of equal 'value' that make up a sentence. A coordinate clause does not function as a subject, object or complement in another sentence. It can stand alone to make a sentence by itself.

We normally use conjunctions like and, or, yet or but to join two coordinate clauses together. In the following examples the coordinate clauses are bracketed.

  • (The rain fell heavily) and (we all got wet).
  • (I shall do it now) or (I shall not do it at all).
  • (He threw the stone), but (it missed the dog.)
  • (The moon was bright) and (we could see our way).
  • (Shall I come to your place) or (would you like to come to mine?)

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